Cables and Power

There is no denying that good audio equipment deserves the highest quality interconnects and cables. They carry signal and are part of the system and must be considered as an important component in the audio chain. The quality and cost need to be commensurate with the quality of the equipment they connect.

However, there are many that we have experienced that do not sound good despite carrying expensive price tags. Often these sound bright and hard, initially ‘impressive’ but long term fatiguing. Many are compressed in sound stage, restricting the image to the speaker cabinets.

Power cords are also very important and can change the sound of the audio components as dramatically as the signal cables. Sometimes more so. Whilst appreciating this is a controversial area, we are totally convinced that a sensible spend on properly designed power distribution is very important to the quality of sound. And, as we have found with signal cables, not all audiophile brands of power cords sound equal. Some famously branded power cords that are often well reviewed can make the sound of the electronics worse. More ‘hifi impressive’ but less natural or musical, in our opinion!

We offer cables from four manufacturers that sound natural, open and transparent. They all create realistic three-dimensional sound-stages with great depth. Each of them has a wide variety of grades offering different performances at different prices.

Our selection of well run in demonstration cables (with real music for the correct time length; NOT with cable burn-in devices which can damage some designs) that can be offered for home evaluation in the comfort of your listening environment. Certain conditions apply so please call for details.

Founded in 1980, AudioQuest has grown into one of the most well-known and trusted names in audio, best known for their wide range of audio cables.

The focus of the company has always been on both material science and design innovation. They were the first US audio company to introduce advanced conductor technology in their cables. From the introduction of their “Linear Crystal” conductor in 1987 to the “Perfect-Surface” metals of today, AudioQuest pushes to be at the front of this technology. They are also one of the few audio companies to manufacture their own connectors on all cables, ensuring consistency in their products. They continue to innovate with their DBS (Dielectric Bias System) system available on their higher end models to minimise insulation-based distortion and break in times. All connections are made by high pressure crimping to avoid the use of solder.

Today, their range is extensive and covers a wide array of signal cables – interconnects and speaker cables, a fine range of power cords, and digital cables. They also manufacture accessories for audio, video and networking applications, covering all budgets, as well as a range of multi-award winning portable DACs, Headphones & Power Conditioners.

The overall house sound of their cables is wide bandwidth with a slight tilt towards the bass frequencies. This does not suggest that the bass is dominant but presents a large sound picture with a fuller, more authoritative balance that extends to the mid band frequencies too. This can be helpful when using electronics that may err on the brighter side of neutral in terms of tonal balance.

After extensive listening tests to wide selection of their cables we have settled on the following for our portfolio at differing price points. There are many more options that could be considered, and we would be happy to discuss specific requirements by phone or by email.

Interconnect cables

Yukon 1.0m pair £389; 1.5m pair £439
Water 1.0m pair £599; 1.5m pair £689
Earth 1.0m pair £1029; 1.5m pair £1199
Wind 1.0m pair £1999; 1.5m pair £2499

Speaker cables

Rocket 44 2.5m pair £545; 3.0m pair £620
Rocket 88 2.5m par £1049; 3.0m pair £1149
Robin Hood Zero 2.5m pair £1540; 3.0m pair £1680
William Tell Zero 2.5m pair £2625; 3.0m pair £2910

Digital cables

Carbon coaxial 1.0m £189; 1.5m £234; 2.0m £279
Coffee coaxial 1.0m £529; 1.5m £619; 2.0m £709

Cinnamon USB 1.0m £69; 1.5m £85; 2.0m £99
Carbon USB 1.0m £165; 1.5m £199; 2.0m £229
Diamond USB 1.0m 1069; 1.5m 1249; 2.0m £1469

Power cords

Monsoon 2.0m £389
Thunder (high current) 2.0m £859
Tornado (source) 2.0m £999
Tornado (high current) 2.0m £1299
Hurricane (source) 2.0m £1249
Hurricane (high current) 2.0m £2199

Audioquest website

Earth interconnect cables
Earth interconnect cables
Robin Hood Zero Speaker cable
Robin Hood Zero Speaker cable
Thunder (high current) Power Cord
Thunder (high current) Power Cord

This Japanese company manufacturers the best connectors and accessories for cables and electronics we know. They are largely made from their pure Alpha-OCC copper which is then plated with either Gold or Rhodium. Their plugs and connectors are capable of taking large conductors with ease and without strain to the wires. This results in a very pure transmission of the audio signal or, in case of power cords, the AC current. Their contribution to the sound of the cable cannot be overstated with a very audible sonic upgrade.

Their interconnect cables, speaker cables and power cords are manufactured to the highest level with no compromise that might affect the purity of the transmission. Thier sound is largely without bias in any part of the audio spectrum and a level of transparency that is rare even amongst the finest audio cables available. Big soundstages are generated, both deep and wide and fine detail resolved easily. Refined, elegant and very pure sound.

Some examples of prices are listed but the range of products is vast. Please call for further information on any products not listed and prices.

 

Evolution II Series Cables

Evolution Audio II interconnect cable – 1.2m set RCA (pictured) £640                              
Evolution Audio II interconnect cable – 1.2m set XLR  £730                              

Evolution Speaker II speaker cable – 2.0m set 4mm or spade £585 
Evolution Speaker II speaker cable – 3.0m set 4mm or spade £760 

Jumper cables - spade/spade or 4mm/4mm - set of 4 £195

Evolution Digital II – 1.2m RCA £380                          
Evolution Power II mains cord UK – 1.8m £670

 

Evolution Audio II interconnect cables
Evolution Audio II interconnect cables

Reference III Series Cables

Audio Reference III interconnect cable – 1.2m set RCA £1140                              
Audio Reference III interconnect cable – 1.2m set XLR £1300 

Speaker Reference III – 3.0m set 4mm or spade (pictured) £1550

Jumper cables - spade/spade or 4mm/4mm - set of 4 £195 
 
Digi Reference III RCA – 1.2m £815 
Digi Reference III XLR - 1.2m £900 

Power Reference III mains cord UK – 1.8m £1210

Evolution Audio II interconnect cables
Audio Reference III speaker cable

Flux Series Cables

Lineflux interconnect cable – 1.2m set RCA £1750 
Lineflux interconnect cable – 1.2m set XLR (pictured) £1990

Speakerflux speaker cable – 2.0m set 4mm or spade £2360 
Speakerflux speaker cable - 3.0m set 4mm or spade £2785

Jumperflux jumper cables - spade/spade or 4mm/4mm - set of 4 £375

Nanoflux speaker cable - 2.5m £5720 

Powerflux mains cord UK– 1.8m (pictured) £1840
Powerflux mains cord UK 20A IEC - 1.8m £1885

Nanoflux mains cord UK - 1.8m £4360 



Power Cord Connectors

A large improvement in sound can be achieved by changing the UK plug on the end of any quality mains cord. The effect is additive if the IEC connector is also changed. This is easy to do and produces an immediate, and very cost effective, upgrade in sound.

FI-1363 UK plug – gold – straight or right-angle  £97                                                                                       
FI-1363 UK plug – rhodium – straight £119
FI-1363 UK plug NCF rhodium - straight £148

FI-11 IEC – gold £65                              
FI-11 IEC – silver £65                              
FI-11 IEC – rhodium £76
FI-12L - gold £72                              
FI-12L IEC - rhodium £86                              
FI-15 Plus IEC - gold £42                              
FI-15 Plus IEC – rhodium £48
FI-C15 IEC - gold £45
FI-C15 IEC NCF rhodium £68                             
FI-28 IEC – gold £90                                                           
FI-28 IEC – rhodium  £111
FI-68 IEC  - gold £157
FI-68 IEC - rhodium £182
FI-46 IEC - NCF gold £164
FI-31 16A IEC £111                                                         
FI-32 16A IEC – rhodium £149
FI-48 - rhodium £222                              
FI-50 IEC – rhodium £257 
FI-50 NCF rhodium £315 
FI-52 16A IEC – rhodium £288                              
FI-52 NCF 16A IEC - rhodium £339 

We strongly believe that the fuse in any UK 13 amp plug seriously downgrades the sound quality of the component the power cord is connected to. Furutech do have an audiophile grade fuse which can reduce this detrimental effect to a reasonable extent but it is quite expensive. Far better results can be achieved by changing to Schuko European plugs that do not have fuses in them at all. This route would necessitate changing wall sockets (we can supply the necessary European back boxes) or using one of their mains distribution blocks – see below.

FI-28
FI-28

Power Cords- ready to use


We are able to offer a ready to use Furutech power cords made from their un-terminated power cables off the reel. We recommend the use of the long standing, superb FP-Alpha 3 power cable, which has been reintroduced, and the new FP-TSC31 which incorporates a screen. Both are capable for transmitting very high current so ideally suited to powerful amplifiers.

These can fitted with a FI-1363 UK plug, straight or right angle, and an IEC of choice. We would recommend this to be either the FI-28 rhodium or gold. Other combinations by quotation.

Examples of the most popular choices are:

1.5 m FP-Alpha 3 cable with FI-1363 UK (R) and FI-28 (R) IEC £495                              
To fit FI-1363 NCF UK (R) plug add £29.00
1.5 m FP-Alpha 3 cable with FI-1363 UK (G) and FI-28 (G) IEC £447

1.5 m FP-TCS31 cable with FI-1363 UK (R) and FI-28 (R) IEC £490                              
To fit FI-1363 NCF UK (R) plug add £29.00
1.5 m FP-TCS31 cable with FI-1363 UK (G) and FI-28 (G) IEC £444

NEW 1.5 m DSP-4.1 cable with FI-1363 UK (R) and FI-28 (R) IEC £930
To fit FI-1363 NCF (R) UK plug add £29

Schuko plug variants available. Many other combinations possible by quotation. Delivery at cost.

These power cords will outperform most other competitive products in terms of sound quality up to 3 times their price. 

 

NCF Booster and NCF BoosterSignal – Cable and Connector Holder/Elevator


The NCF Booster is a clamping device is designed to go around the IEC connector of a power cables at the point of entry into the chassis of a component. It has an adjustable height control so can lift and align the IEC optimally with the inlet of the chassis. As many will have noted, with audiophile cables of a certain thickness and weight these can bend the connection paint downwards and potentially distorting or damaging the rear chassis. This better alignment produces optimal transfer of energy through the IEC connectors.

The NCF BoosterSignal is similar in concept in that it has a flat surface that elevates speaker cables from the floor but has no top clamp. It can be adjusted to any height with in reason with extensions to the vertical structure. It also has NCF technology in the horizontal lifter, similar to the NCF Booster and is also slightly pressurised. Around 4 -5 devices will be required  per 2.5 to 3.0 m run of speaker cable dependent on the stiffness of the cable.

These clever device also incorporated Furutech’s NCF technology (Nano Crystal Formula) which produces negative ions that reduce static charges and thereby improves clarity and transparency. In addition the nano ceramic particles have piezoelectric properties that provide additional damping properties.

Our experiments in a variety of systems suggest that different components respond differently to the NCF Booster and NCF Booster Signal. At best the sound is clearer and more transparent. The sound can appear to be louder and, in some cases, the height of the sound picture is enlarged. In other applications the sound can become a little compressed and the tonal balance shifts towards being a little bright. We suggest a trialling samples before purchase. Call for samples for sort term home loans.

NCF Booster  £310
NCF Booster Signal  £185
NCF Booster Signal L £150

NCF Booster - Additional Top Clamp £130
NCF Booster - Additional Cradle £120
NCF Booster Signal - Additional Cradle £115
NCF Booster - Extension Rods 10 £35

NCF Booster
NCF Booster

UK Wall Sockets

The long awaited UK wall sockets are here. All significant conductor parts are made from solid copper, plated with either gold or rhodium, and the whole construction is of the high standard we have come to expect from Furutech. The cover plates are easy to fix to a standard UK in wall arrangement.

FP-1363-S (G) single top plate; gold plated £93                                                                                       
FP-1363-D (G) double top plate; gold plated £150 
FP-1363-S (R) single top plate; rhodium plated £117 
FP-1363-S NCF (R) single top plate; rhodium plated £143
FP-1363-D (R) double top plate; rhodium plated £179
FP-1363-D NCF (R) double top plate; rhodium plated £232

 

 

FP-1363 wall socket
FP-1363 wall socket

Schuko Wall Sockets

By replacing the wall socket with the Furutech Schuko versions, you eliminate the last fuse in a power cord connected from here to your power distribution block. If you combine this with the Schuko power distribution blocks and plugs as described below, you then arrive at the best sound from your investment in quality audio cables. The benefits cannot be overstated. You are fully protected by your circuit breakers on your consumer board which act much faster than fuses in the 13A UK plug anyway. If in doubt, please consult your qualified electrician or call us for more details as we have had several clients go this route with great success.

Installation of these wall sockets should be done by a qualified electrician. To accommodate the different fixing positions required for Schuko wall sockets we can provide European back boxes, either in-wall or surface mounted variants, at very modest costs.

There are two type of wall socket. The FP prefix denoted the use of a standard off-white plastic surround. The FT prefix denotes the use of a carbon fibre surround that provides additional resonance absorption for a cleaner sound.

FP-SWS Gold single wall socket £75 
FP-SWS-D Gold double wall socket £144 

FT-SWS Rhodium single wall socket £151 
FT-SWS NCF Rhodium single wall socket £180 
FT-SWS-D NCF Rhodium double wall socket  £254.00

 

FP-1363 wall socket
FT-SWS-D wall socket

Distribution Blocks

The mains distribution blocks from Furutech have a large effect on the sound and used with their power cords give a result far in excess of any mains filtering, conditioning or re-generating that we have heard. All without any compression to the sound – in fact quite the opposite is achieved. Once again, a big step up in the level of transparency, dynamics and purity of your system’s sound. Unfortunately they are only available with Schuko European sockets. However, by using the appropriate Schuko connector on the ends of the required power cords, the quality of sound improves further mostly due to the fact the fuse in the UK plug is eliminated. The distribution blocks require a power cord to feed them and this is connected to the wall socket with a UK 13 amp plug – preferably a Furutech one. We have many customers who have gone this route and the feedback has been nothing short of eulogies.

 

Evolution Audio II interconnect cables
Furutech e-TP609E Schuko distributer

Unfiltered Distributors

e-TP60 – 6 Schuko outlets – gold £330
e-TP66 G - 6 Schuko outlets linear layout £354
e-TP86 G - 8 Schuko outlets linear layout £457

e-TP609E NCF – 6 Schuko outlets – rhodium (pictured) £1642 

e-TP809E - 6 Schuko outlets - rhodium £3665

 

 

e-TP60E
Furutech e-TP60E Schuko distributer

Schuko Power Cord Connectors

FI-E11 Copper £43                              
FI-E11 Gold £64 
FI-E11 Rhodium £83 
FI-E12L Rhodium £92 
FI-E38 Gold £99 
FI-E38 Rhodium (pictured) £128
FI-$46 NCF Gold £192
FI-E48 Rhodium £234
FI-E48 NCF Silver £243
FI-E48 NCF Rhodium £262
FI-E50 Rhodium £285 
FI-E50 NCF Rhodium £358

 

FI-E38 Rhodium
FI-E38 Rhodium

Fuses

If a change to a Schuko plug and socket system is not feasible, changing the standard fuse in a UK plug is well worth the effort. The benefit to sound is very audible; not as large as having no fuse but very cost effective. A more natural sound with more authority, but without the brightness and forward presentation that the competitive brands impart.

T-13A Rhodium - wall plug fuse £75                                                                               

Furutech website

 

GutWire Audio Cables

This Canadian company makes some of the finest, most musical cables we have heard over many years. There is very little artifice to their sound just allowing the music to be heard naturally. Nothing added or taken away. They particularly excel on transparency, holography and a very natural tonal balance. No hint of brightness – so common in many modern cables we have recently auditioned, especially those that seem to get the rave reviews. They are not about instant ‘impressive’ sounds but long term musical listening pleasure. Less ‘hifi’, more music.

Their cables are composed of high purity oxygen-free copper. As with many of our favourite sounding cables, copper delivers the most neutral, transparent and natural musical signal.

Cold-welding (a very high pressure form of crimping) of all connectors is also a unique feature to this cable manufacturer. No solder is employed. They firmly believe in the superior sound of cold-welding in the termination process. During their research process, a listening panel voted unanimously toward cold-welding terminated cables, 10 out of 10 times. Cold welding offer the following benefits: a better defined soundstage, maximum dynamics, real-life midrange and large scale 3D imaging.

A unique wire-weave pattern and the use of finest materials available also contribute to the renowned GutWire sound. All the cables employ a sophisticated shielding to reject Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). Effective shielding assures that the signal is not polluted and with their shielding design, up to 98% of the RFI and EMI are filtered out without any comprise to the audio signal. Result - a very low noise floor. Some cable manufacturers rely on capacitors, coils or resistors to alter the audio frequencies. Others modify generic cable products with their own connectors. While these approaches work to a certain degree, they impose limitations and some compressive effects. GutWire Audio does not rely on pre-manufactured designs or other additives to achieve the ‘ultimate’ sound. Their secret is their own unique design, hand-made construction and the use of the best materials in the world.

A large selection of signal cables, digital cables and power cords exist. The sound improves as you go up the model chain with differences in perfomance distinctly audible. 

Two new interconnect models have been recently introduced based an a different copper metal and some other technical improvements: Definitive and Consummate. We have compared these to our reference interconnect, the Uno-S, already a superbly transparent interconnect that outperforms many competitive brands at higher prices. The Definitive interconnect is similar in concept to the Consummate but with simpler construction. It has more transparency, wider bandwidth, faster dynamics and effortless speed than the Uno-S which is already exemplary in these characteristics. Fast runs on piano and guitar maintain their composure and are rendered superbly articulate. It takes what the Uno-S does so well to another level. The Consummate interconnect with its individually braided conductors, similar in weave to the Uno-S, lifts this new technology up a few more notches from the Definitive. These new models require particularly long burn-in times, of the order of 500-600 hours, to deliver their optimal performance. Once there, music replay is without artifice, rhythm flows effortlessly and naturally, as if there is no cable at all between source and amplification. 

Call for further information and to arrange a home evaluation.

The Consummate Ground has been quite an ear opener. So much so, that I would like to order another one for my phono amp. This cable beats EntreQ for results and convenience. It presents more of the music, a deeper soundstage and even seems to tighten up some electronic music. Richer and more natural timbres - overtones/harmonics - and the tonal decay seems to last longer or is brought more to the fore. Voices sound more natural too. In addition, one can turn the volume down to a degree without detriment to the music. I find it hard to envisage how it can be improved.

It should almost be mandatory to try out the Consummate Ground before thinking about a hardware upgrade.

Mr C v L, Norfolk

I thought it one of the most effortless, flowing, rhythmic, natural and least ‘cable‑sounding’ cables I’ve ever used.

Alan Sircom – Hifi+191

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Interconnect Cables

Congruence SE – 1.0 m £440
extra 1.0 m £99

Synchrony Square SE – 1.0 m £755
extra 1.0 m £240

Eon-Z – 1.0 m £1850
extra 1.0 m £550
Additional cost for balanced XLR/XLR £400

Uno-S – 1.0 m (pictured) £2950
extra 1.0 m £890
Additional cost for balanced XLR/XLR £300 

Definitive - 1.0 m £3500
extra 1.0 m £930

Consummate £4900
extra 1.0 m £1400

Uno-S Interconnect cable
Uno-S Interconnect cable

Speaker Cables

Congruence SE – 8 ft (2.46 m) £890
extra 2 ft (0.61 m) £80

Synchrony Square SE – 8 ft (2.46 m) £2400
extra 2 ft (0.61 m) £160

Synchrony Square SE Bi-Wire - 8ft (2.46 m) £3500
extra 2ft (0,61 m) £160

Chime Cube – 8 ft (2.46 m) (pictured) £4400
extra 2 ft (0.61 m) £300

Chime Cube AE – 8 ft (2.46 m) £4800
extra 2 ft (0.61 m) £360

Vision - 8 ft(2.46 m) £8800
extra 2 ft (0.61 m) £600

Vision AE - 8 ft (2.46 m) £9500
extra 2 ft (0.61 m) £700 

Speaker Jumper Cables

Synchrony Square SE £330

Chime Cube £600

Vision Cube £1600

 

From here, it becomes clear that there is an awful lot of detail coming through, and this cable is one that plays the strengths of any system that is both resolving and articulate, yet not pushy and bright. GutWire’s Chime3 Absolute Edition is genuinely one of the best speaker cables you can buy today.

Alan Sircom – HiFi+ 193

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Chime speaker cable
Chime Cube speaker cable

Power Cords

GutWire have produced a new entry level power cord called the B10. As the nomenclature suggests it is made from 10 gauge pure copper conductors. The outer jacket is an attractive mauve colour with a black mesh sheath. Construction and finish is, as expected from this high-end cable manufacture, of the highest quality. An initial listening session with a sample not fully burnt in has taken us by surprise. The sound stage was exceptionally large and deep - a characteristic of GutWire Cables anyway - but this was more as would be expected from their Cube Series. Tonal balance was very natural and all frequencies presented very linearly. A full bodied bass with excellent texture and extension. The basic version fitted with MS HD 328 UK plug will list at £399. At this price, the sound offered exceeds most other well known brand power cords we have heard up to £1000. There are various possibilities for upgrading the B10 Series by using different grades of  Furutech plugs and IECs and these are itemised below.

GutWire introduced a new range of power cords called the SV Series in 2019. This is a development of the SP Series and replaces it. It will run in parallel with the existing Cube Series, their flagship range of power cords. Based on the success of the SP-series, the SV-series is further improved by using new 101% IACS solid-core copper conductor. Natural minerals, based on rare earth compounds, are uniquely employed to absorb RFI and EMI. 

The SV Series sound is different to that of the Cube Series. Very similar in terms of sound staging, slighlty more forward, but with a tilt towards the higher frequencies and less bass weight. The choice between the sound of the SV Series and the Pure Series will be to the customer's taste, and their system's overall tonal character. Please call for more details and advice on this aspect.

The SV Series power cords consists of each conductor screened and finished individually and then braided. This leads to a large outer diameter cable and may be ergonomically difficult where equipment is compactly housed. There will be a more compact version of the SV Series available whereby all the braided conductors are housed in a single sleeve making it more acceptable for UK audio system application. 

B10 Series

B10 Standard UK– 6 ft (1.85 m) MS328 UK plug/Wattgate IEC £399
extra length £39 per ft

B10 SE UK1 – 6 ft (1.85 m) Furutech FI-1363 G/FI-28 G IEC £565
extra length £39 per ft

B10 SE UK2 – 6 ft (1.85 m) Furutech FI-1363 R/FI-28 R IEC £605 
extra length £39 per ft

B10 SE UK3 – 6 ft (1.85 m) Furutech FI-1363 G/FI-31 G (C19 16A) IEC £585
extra length £39 per ft

B10 SE Schuko1 - 6ft (1.85m) Furutech FI-E38 G/FI-28 G IEC £565
extra length £39 per ft

B10 SE Schuko2 - 6ft (1.85m) Furutech FI-E38 R/FI-28 R IEC £615
extra length 39 per ft

B10 SE Schuko3 - 6ft (1.85m) Furutech FI-E38 G/FI-31 G (C19 16A) IEC £585
extra length £39 per ft

Other combinations to order by quotation. Please call 0118 981 9891.

Cube Series
Iris Cube –  6 ft (1.85 m) £800
extra length £95 per ft
Furutech UK plug/IEC £199
Furutech Schuko/IEC £209

Clear Cube – 6 ft (1.85 m) £990
extra length £99 per ft
Furutech UK plug/IEC £199
Furutech Schuko/IEC £209

Air Cube –  6ft (1.85m) £1500
extra length £150 per ft
Furutech UK plug/IEC £199
Furutech Schuko/IEC £209

Power Cube –  6ft (1.85 m) (pictured) £1900
extra length £200 per ft
Furutech UK plug/IEC £199
Furutech Schuko/IEC £209

Pure Cube - 6 ft (1.85 m) £2400
extra length £240 per ft
with Furutech FI-E50 Schuko £209

X Cube - 6ft (1.85 m) £4900
extra length £490 per ft
with Furutech FI-E50 Schuko £209

SV Series
SV-6 Power cord - 6 ft (1.85 m) £900
extra length £90 per ft
Furutech UK plug/IEC £199
Furutech Schuko/IEC £209

SV-8 Power cord - 6ft (1.85 
m) £1500
extra length £160 per ft
Furutech UK plug/IEC £199
Furutech Schuko/IEC £209

SV-12 Power Cord – 6 ft (1.85 m) £1800
extra length £170 per ft
Furutech UK plug/IEC £199
Furutech Schuko/IEC £209

SV-16 Power Cord – 6 ft (1.85 m) £2200
extra length £200 per ft
with Furutech FI-E50 Schuko £209

SV-22 Power Cord – 6 ft (1.85 m) £4400
extra length £400 per ft
with Furutech FI-E50 Schuko £209

SV-28 Power cable - 6 ft (1.85 m) £8600
extra length £850 per ft
with Furutech FI-E50 Schuko £209

B10 SE power cord
B10 SE power cord
Iris Cube power cord
Iris Cube power cord
Air Cube power cord
Air Cube power cord
Pure Cube power cord
Pure Cube power cord
X Cube power cord
X Cube power cord

Ground Cables


An extremely effective and simple way of improving the sound of any audio system. A single cable to enable the proper grounding of electronic components. Simply attach the RCA or XLR, plug end to any spare input socket on your integrated amplifier or pre-amplifier. The mains plug end goes into any spare wall socket, or into a mains distributor. This creates the shortest route to ground from the circuit boards and introduces a different ground potential into the system.

Only the earth pin in the mains plug is connected to the ground part of the RCA/XLR connector, or to a spade; the live and neutral pins are completely sealed off inside the mains plug. Obviously, it would be completely inappropriate to transmit AC voltage to a component's chassis.

It takes moments to hear the sound stage increase in depth and width, the tonal balance has more weight and is more natural, less "hifi".Increased transparency results in better resolution of fine detail and sharper image focus.

Experiments have shown that trying either left or right input sockets to a channel can gives a slightly different sonic results. Just choose the one you like the sound of best.

Far more effective than the passive EntreQ Tellus grounding box and cables, or the Vertex equivalent, or the active Telos Ground Box. No compression of dynamics, or added colouration, which can occur with alternative systems.

An elegant and simple solution; a single cable does it all.

The Perfect Ground cable is made from multi-strand high purity oxygen free copper. The Ultimate Ground takes the construction and the performance to a higher level using a small number of solid core conductors made from a special copper. There is more shielding and anti-resonance damping in the outer jacket. The connectors can be RCA, XLR, spade, clip or coaxial. RCA connector is the most popular; other types to order. Wall plug can be either UK or Schuko and are filled with a natural mineral Binchō-tan which provides resonance damping.

NEW A new ground cable model has been introduced called Consummate Ground. After evaluating samples both in UK and Schuko plug format, this model takes the GutWire ground cable effect to greater heights, particularly in the area of holography. Whilst the Ultimate Ground offer superb sound staging, the Consummate Ground creates a bigger stage, both left and right but most importantly in the depth, the level of transparency increases and tonal balance is much fuller. Instruments and vocalists are truly in their own space with textures and decay of notes clearly displayed. It is possible to imagine the full dimensionality of each instrument. Piano in particular is rendered in such a way the shape, position and size of the instrument is easily perceived within the recorded venue. Singers are more than just a voice, there is a person standing there in space.

The Consummate Ground cable requires a longer burn-in time than either the Ultimate Ground or the Perfect Ground. Our listening  has shown this is approximately 120-200 hours to give optimum performance. This is achieved once connected to an electronic component that is either turned fully on or in standby mode. Hence this burn-in time is achieved in approximately 5 to 9 days. For this reason, customers requiring a home trial prior to purchase will be sent a fully burnt-in demonstration model. If satisfied with the ground cable effect, this will need to be returned and exchanged for a new sample. 

Please call to arrange a no obligation home audition. Full refund if not satisfied. 

Perfect Ground cable – 6ft (1.83 m) – UK or Schuko plug £399
Extra length - £40 per foot 

Ultimate Ground - 6 ft (1.83m) - Furutech Gold UK plug £599                   
Ultimate Ground - 6ft (1.83m) - Wattgate Schuko plug £599
Extra length - £49 per foot

Consummate Ground - 6ft (1.83m) - Furutech Gold UK plug £1400
Consummate Ground - 6ft (1.83m) - Furutech Gold Schuko plug £1400 
Extra length £130 per foot

RCA connector is the most popular. XLR, spade, coaxial or clip to order. There is an additional cost of £140 for Furutech FP-601(G) XLR termination.

Paul Rigby (The Audiophile Man) Cable Review

  PERFECT & ULTIMATE GROUND CABLING FROM GUTWIRE
GutWire Perfect Ground cable
Perfect Ground cable
Ultimate Ground cable
Ultimate Ground cable
Consummate Ground Cable
Consummate Ground Cable

USB Cable and Digital Cable

GutWire USB Cable USBe-1 1.2 m £390

It is hand-made in Canada and is the first audiophile USB cable to use Beryllium Copper (BeCu) as connector. The gold-plated pin is made of 4N copper with crimped termination (first in the world).


Synchrony Square Digital Cable 1.0 m £330

GutWire USB Cable USBe-1
 

Distribution Power Outlets

Distribution power outlets fed from a single wall socket can have a large effect on the sound and used with quality power cords give a result far in excess of any mains filtering, conditioning or re-generating that we have heard. All without any compression to the sound – in fact quite the opposite is achieved - resulting in an increase in the level of transparency, dynamics and purity of your system’s sound. GutWire have developed a UK and Schuko mains distributor completely without any filtration or electronic additions. We prefer the use of Schuko connectors wherever possible for two reasons. The Schuko plug and socket gives a higher surface area than the UK 13A rectangular pins. The sound improves further due to the fact the fuse in the UK plug is eliminated. These distribution  power outlets require a power cord to feed them and this is connected to the wall socket with a UK 13 amp plug – preferably a Furutech FI-1363 variant.

The 8 Bar Schuko power distributor is on a par with the high quality of sound achieved with the Furutech e-TP809E NCF – possibly better - but offers 8 outlets instead of 6 for a lower price.

The 6 Bar UK power distributor is made from a solid piece of aluminium that offers superior resonance damping.

UK 6 Bar power distributor – 6 UK sockets £3300 (pictured)

Schuko 8 Bar distributor – 8 Wattgate Schuko sockets, Furutech FI-33 R (16A) IEC inlet (pictured) £2750
Schuko 8 Bar FT distributor – 8 Furutech FI-E30 R Schuko sockets, Furutech FI-33 R (16A) IEC inlet £3350

Gutwire website

Schuko 8 Bar distributor – 8 Schuko sockets
Schuko 8 Bar distributor – 8 Schuko sockets
UK 6 Bar distributor - 6 UK sockets
UK 6 Bar distributor - 6 UK sockets


Mains Conditioning/Filtration

Over many years of listening to most of the mains distributors and multi-outlets brands available on the market, we commonly find that with those that incorporate filtration or mains regeneration, there is always a degree of compression to the soundstage and dynamics which is highly bothersome. Hence, we have always avoided recommending such products, as it is a question of how much of this compression is acceptable as a compromise towards a cleaner sound.

Generally, we prefer multi-socket outlets using just high-quality wiring and connectors capable of supporting fast, high current delivery. There are fine examples of this type of distributor under the Furutech and GutWire Cables sections, as well as here with Puritan. These coupled with high-current-capable, quality power cords from the same two former brands will reduce the noise floor from dirty mains supply with no compression at all resulting in large sound stages with superb dynamics and transients.

However, we do appreciate that some environments, notably those in high density housing areas, are today experiencing much higher levels of mains and airborne noise issues than in the recent past. This is due to the exponential rise of digital equipment and smart technology used in the home and that attached to the local grid. This has greatly added to the pollution and noise that can enter a quality audio system.  We have recently auditioned a UK brand, Puritan Audio Laboratories, with products that can help in such situations with acceptable to negligible levels of compression as a side effect. Their models are all reasonably priced making them exceptional value for money.

Puritan offers a range of unfiltered and filtered mains solutions. We have been very impressed with the performance and value of their components. They produce a more transparent soundstage, resolving more spatial information and offer a more natural tone and timbre. Their performance outperformed some highly regarded alternative brands costing many times more, demonstrating the exceptional value for money of the Puritan range.

Their filtered solutions are aimed to counter mains borne noise issues from two main sources:

 

  1. Differential Mode Noise (from all types of equipment attached to the local grid.

  2. Common Mode Noise (EMI/RFI in the environment being induced into the line, with the conductor(s) acting as an antenna.

There is some low-level compression of soundstage with the filtered options, and a minimal level of compression to the bass frequencies resulting in a little loss of texture. For most applications, these would be acceptable compromises for the benefits of a cleaner sound, better delineated mid and high frequency information.

The quality of the mains cable used to power the Puritan distributors greatly affects performance these units are capable of. Therefore use the highest quality power cord the budget allows. From Puritan’s own mains cable from £85, through to GutWire, Audioquest and Furutech power cords for an enhanced performance. Phone for more specific advice here if required.

Puritan Studio Master Series – the flagship series of filtered units:

PSM 136 – 6 outlet filtered mains distributor

The PSM136 with its precision symmetrically balanced circuitry has 6 fully independent outputs and 39 finely tuned filter elements designed to remove mains borne noise.  Definition of individual instruments gain air and space between them, their timbre becoming more believable, the sound picture is enlarged beyond the loudspeaker cabinets. Soundstage gains in three-dimensionality enhancing the listening experience.
Even in areas where mains quality is good, improvements can be heard. This distributor offers great value and will perform better in areas where mains noise is particularly pervasive.

Features:

– Rebalances the AC sine wave, removing all DC components enabling transformers to work efficiently and quietly, realising their full dynamics and power range

– Multiple, cumulative, sympathetically tuned stages of purification (39 independent elements) substantially remove all interference types

– Six enhanced 15 Amp outlets each with independent re-filter stages for both common and differential mode disturbances avoid cross contamination between connected equipment

– Equal resistance, maximum power routing to all outputs realises full dynamic performance

– Cleansed earth removes noise from the earth line further enhancing clarity and dynamics. The Star earthing plan eliminates ground loop hum, reduces the noise floor and improves definition

– 30,000 amps of surge protection

– Electrically and magnetically shielded casing - Dimension: W 430, D 230, H 110 mm

– Manufactured in the U.K. with a 5 year guarantee

PSM 136 £995

Reviews: 1. Paul Rigby, ‘The Audiophile Man’ – click Link. 2. Hi-Fi Choice – click Link

PSM 156 – flagship 6 outlet filtered mains distributor

The PSM156 builds upon the technology in the PSM136 retaining the precision symmetrically balanced circuitry and 6 fully independent outputs. Increasing the number of independently tuned filter elements from 39 to 52 enables your system to deliver even greater delicacy and detail, especially in areas where mains quality is known to be poor.

PSM 156 £1,450 

Awarded a 6 Moons Blue Moon (reserved only for “outstanding” products of “rare excellence”) – click Link. Paul Rigby, The Audiophile Man, has also reviewed this product – click Link

PSM 1512 – flagship 12 outlet filtered mains distributor

The PSM1512 builds upon the technology in the PSM156 retaining the precision symmetrically balanced circuitry but increases it to 12 fully independent 15 Amp outputs in two banks of six, one under the other. The number of independently tuned filter elements is increased from 52 to 94. This should enable better tonal accuracy and mid / high micro details for larger systems, especially in areas where mains quality is known to be poor. Dimensions in mm: W 430, D 230, H 190.

PCM 1512 £2,650 

Puritan Multi Outlet Power Distribution Strips

These simpler, multi outlet strips are compact enough to fit into most audio systems and can be sited behind or beside most equipment supports. Their performance in improving sound quality is, again, way above some more expensive alternative brands. The sound improvements are recognisably from Puritan’s technology and are a more cost-effective and ergonomic way of reducing mains borne noise and pollution.

They come in two versions, FILTERED or PURIST, the non-filtered variant. The PURIST strips offer a very high-quality star-wired solution for those residing in areas where mains pollution and noise are known to be low, and would be our recommended product for those sensitive to compression of scale and dynamics.

Both variants of these multi-outlet distributors require an input mains cord. Our listening tests confirmed the obvious that, the better the mains cord used from the wall to the strip, the better the performance of these distributors. We have various recommendations dependent on budget and expected performance from either Puritan’s own mains cords, GutWire, Audioquest or Furutech options. Please call to discuss.

PS 106 - 6 output sockets filtered mains strip

– Multiple sympathetically tuned stages of purification (19 independent elements) substantially removes all interference types

– Six 10 amp outlets each with independent refilter stages to eliminate cross contamination between connected equipment

– Direct maximum power routing to all outputs to realise full dynamic performance

– Cleansed earth removes noise from the earth line further enhancing clarity and dynamics

– Star earthing plan eliminates ground loop hum, reduces the noise floor, improves definition

30,000 amps of surge protection

– Electrically and magnetically shielded casing

PS 106 £545  

PS 106 DC – 6 output sockets filtered mains strip with DC blocking

As above with additional circuitry to re-balance the AC sine wave, removing all Direct Current components enabling transformers to work efficiently and quietly, realising fuller dynamics.

PS 106 DC £675 

PS 108-PURIST – 8 output sockets non-filtered strip 

Supplied with no supply filtration and no spike protection. 8 outlets directly star connected. Star earthing plan with cleansed earth.

PS 108 PURIST £575

PS 108-PURIST DC - 8 output sockets non-filtered strip with DC blocking

Same non-filtered unit as the PS 108 PURIST above but with the addition of Direct Current blocking on the earth.

PS 108 PURIST £695

Puritan Audio Laboratories website

PSM 136
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PSM156
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